Regrets, I’ve had a few …


Now I’ve got you wondering haven’t I? Well over the past couple of weeks I have been trying my hardest to get myself organised, specifically in relation to my blog. I gave up on the work front years ago and have been happily winging it ever since. But blogging wise … well there is never enough time is there? I mean I have soooooo many books I want to read but only a finite amount of time in which to do so.


Sad isn’t it? So while I think I’ve done a pretty good job by reading over 200 books this year, I still haven’t managed to read everything I would have liked and there are many books on my TBR list which I look at in regret for not having quite finished or in some cases, even started. So I thought I would share a few here with you all now. Buying links to all books can be found by selecting the titles.


HHe – John Connolly

John Connolly recreates the golden age of Hollywood for an intensely compassionate study of the tension between commercial demands and artistic integrity and the human frailties behind even the greatest of artists.

An extraordinary reimagining of the life of one of the greatest screen comedians the world has ever known: a man who knew both adoration and humiliation; who loved, and was loved in turn; who betrayed, and was betrayed; who never sought to cause pain to others, yet left a trail of affairs and broken marriages in his wake . . .

And whose life was ultimately defined by one relationship of such tenderness and devotion that only death could sever it: his partnership with the man he knew as Babe.

he is Stan Laurel.
But he did not really exist. Stan Laurel was a fiction.

With he, John Connolly recreates the golden age of Hollywood for an intensely compassionate study of the tension between commercial demands and artistic integrity, the human frailties behind even the greatest of artists, and one of the most enduring and beloved partnerships in cinema history: Laurel &Hardy.

I love John Connolly’s writing and I was a huge fan of Laurel and Hardy movies when I was a kid, so what is not to want to read about this book? One of my biggest regrets to have not yet started but I will remedy this in the new year. There. I said it now it has to happen (because that always works …)

MLEMy Little Eye – Stephanie Marland

Can a group of true crime addicts take on the police to catch a serial killer?



A young woman is found dead in her bedroom surrounded by rose petals – the latest victim of ‘The Lover’. Struggling under the weight of an internal investigation, DI Dominic Bell is no closer to discovering the identity of the killer and time is running out.

As the murders escalate, Clementine Starke joins an online true crime group determined to take justice in their own hands – to catch the killer before the police. Hiding a dark secret, she takes greater risks to find new evidence and infiltrate the group.

As Starke and Bell get closer to cracking the case neither of them realise they’re being watched. The killer is closer to them than they think, and he has his next victim – Clementine – firmly in his sights.

I absolutely loved the author’s debut, Deep Down Dead, so was very excited to lay my hands on an early copy of My Little Eye in the summer. Unfortunately it has remained on my TBR shelf, but it’s now found its was to my must read ARC box so watch this space. True Life Crime enthusiasts taking on the bad guys? What’s not to like?

AOAS.jpgAnatomy of a Scandal – Sarah Vaughan

A high-profile marriage thrust into the spotlight. A wife, determined to keep her family safe, must face a prosecutor who believes justice has been a long time coming. A scandal that will rock Westminster. And the women caught at the heart of it. 

Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case – she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes.

I’ve had a lot of book envy over this one seeing it on other blog tours and in others people’s book post. Had a good sort out of my pile the other day (ooh-er missus) and found out that I’d had the book all along! Having given myself a stern talking to over the Christmas period, I have move the book to my ARC box. Well timed political intrigue and scandal. I’ll take a bit of that. The good news is that the book technically isn’t out until next month so I’m still ahead. Sort of.

TDC.jpgThe Devil’s Claw – Lara Dearman


Following a traumatic incident in London, Jennifer Dorey has returned to her childhood home in Guernsey, taking a job as a reporter at the local newspaper.

After the discovery of a drowned woman on a beach, she uncovers a pattern of similar deaths that have taken place over the past fifty years.

Together with DCI Michael Gilbert, an officer on the verge of retirement, they follow a dark trail of island myths and folklore to ‘Fritz’, the illegitimate son of a Nazi soldier. His work, painstakingly executed, has so far gone undetected.

But with his identity about to be uncovered, the killer now has Jennifer in his sights.

Another ARC I picked up in the summer, I heard really good things about this book. Set on the Channel Islands, the chilling and grizzly premise of this book sounds right up my street. And I do love a good police investigation. This one has been moved right up the list. DId I mention it’s a pretty long list …

IIInsidious Intent – Val McDermid

‘Murdered people don’t kill themselves . . .’

A quiet night on a country road. The stillness shattered by a car engulfed in flames, and a burned body discovered in the driver’s seat. As the investigation unfolds, DCI Carol Jordan and psychological profiler Tony Hill quickly realise that this is more than just a tragic accident. And so begins the hunt for a truly terrifying killer, someone who believes he is invisible, untraceable and untouchable.

As other victims are found to have met the same terrible fate, and with more women at risk, Tony and Carol are drawn into a dark and twisted web of fear and revenge that will force them to question their own ideas of justice . . .

Discover the pulse-pounding new novel from the inimitable queen of crime and number one bestseller, Val McDermid, featuring two of the most iconic and unforgettable characters in crime fiction: Tony Hill and Carol Jordan

So I’m part annoyed with myself over this one and part not. In fairness to me, I am still working my way through the Hill and Jordan back catalogue via audio books as I came to the series very late. Very, very late. Like last year. I’m about half way through so not reading this one yet is not as much of a problem as it might have been. It’s still something I need to remedy asap.

TFMThe Fourth Monkey – JD Barker

Two days to save her…

They’ve found the killer. The killer that Detective Sam Porter has been hunting for five years. But it’s too late to put him behind bars. He’s already dead.

One day to save her…

But even death can’t stop this murderer. His last victim is still alive, struggling to escape and the police have no idea who or where she is.


Now Sam Porter must race against time, as her chances of survival slip away, to stop this serial killer from claiming his final victim…

I bought this with all good intentions. It sounded sooooo good. A real ticking clock kind of thriller. Everything I would look for in a book and with so much promise, I’m gutted I never got around to reading it.

Like Bob the Builder, I can fix it…

tmkd.jpgThe Marsh King’s Daughter – Karen Dionne

Packed with gripping suspense and powerful storytelling, The Marsh King’s Daughter is a unique one-more-page, read-in-one-sitting thriller that you’ll remember for ever.

‘I was born two years into my mother’s captivity. She was three weeks shy of seventeen. If I had known then what I do now, things would have been a lot different. I would have been a lot more understanding of my mother. I wouldn’t have adored my father.’

When the notorious child abductor known as the Marsh King escapes from a maximum security prison, Helena immediately suspects that she and her two young daughters are in danger.

No one, not even her husband, knows the truth about Helena’s past: they don’t know that she was born into captivity, that she had no contact with the outside world before the age of twelve – or that her father raised her to be a killer.

And they don’t know that the Marsh King can survive and hunt in the wilderness better than anyone… except, perhaps his own daughter.

The Marsh King’s Daughter will captivate you from the start and chill you to the bone.

I have heard such good things about this book that I couldn’t resist a cheeky purchase in the summer. Sadly that was as far as it got. Such an interesting sounding story, I am looking forward to sinking into this one in the not to distant future.

iidbiw.jpgIf I Die Before I Wake – Emily Koch


Everyone believes Alex is in a coma, unlikely to ever wake up. As his family debate withdrawing life support, and his friends talk about how his girlfriend Bea needs to move on, he can only listen.

But Alex soon begins to suspect that the accident that put him here wasn’t really an accident. Even worse, the perpetrator is still out there and Alex is not the only one in danger.

As he goes over a series of clues from his past, Alex must use his remaining senses to solve the mystery of who tried to kill him, and try to protect those he loves, before they decide to let him go.

A stunning edge-of-your-seat debut novel with an unforgettable narrator.

This is such an interesting premise and I love the idea of a man who can no longer speak for himself trying hard to solve his own murder. Again, I am technically not late in reading this, but I know I will struggle for the next couple of months. One I need to remember to read as soon as I can.

M.jpgMurderabilia – Craig Robertson

The first commuter train of the morning slowly rumbles away from platform seven of Queen St station. And then, as the train emerges from a tunnel, the screaming starts. Hanging from the bridge ahead of them is a body. Placed neatly on the ground below him are the victim’s clothes. Why?

Detective Inspector Narey is assigned the case and then just as quickly taken off it again. Winter, now a journalist, must pursue the case for her. The line of questioning centres around the victim’s clothes – why leave them in full view? And what did the killer not leave, and where might it appear again?

Everyone has a hobby. Some people collect death. To find this evil, Narey must go on to the dark web, and into immense danger …

Seriously. This is an old title, one I’ve had for over a year, but I can’t believe I still haven’t read it. I need to be taken outside and flogged. Or to see if it’s on like audio of something so I can listen to it on one of my upcoming road trips. I have to read this book. Soon.

tlos.jpgThe Language Of Secrets – Ausa Zehanat Khan

Detective Esa Khattak heads up Canada’s Community Policing Section, which handles minority-sensitive cases across all levels of law enforcement. Khattak is still under scrutiny for his last case, so he’s surprised when INSET, Canada’s national security team, calls him in on another politically sensitive issue.

For months, INSET has been investigating a local terrorist cell which is planning an attack on New Year’s Day but their undercover informant, Mohsin Dar, has been murdered. Khattak used to know Mohsin, and he can’t let this murder slide, so he sends his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, undercover into the unsuspecting mosque which houses the terrorist cell. As Rachel tentatively reaches out into the unfamiliar world of Islam, and begins developing relationships with the people of the mosque and the terrorist cell within it, the potential reasons for Mohsin’s murder only seem to multiply, from the political and ideological to the intensely personal.

The Unquiet Dead author Ausma Zehanat Khan once again dazzles with a brilliant mystery woven into a profound and intimate story of humanity.

The follow up to The Unquiet Dead somehow I managed to miss the release of this book. I have it on my ever growing Kindle pile and will be sure to read it very soon. Loved the first book, can’t wait to see what this one is all about. The author has a real knack for creating an authentic and emotionally challenging story.

5.jpgFive – JA Huss

Five Aston has known Rory Shrike for as long as he can remember. He played with her in the sandbox. He went to every damn horse show just to be supportive. He helped her with her French, walked her home from school, and faked his test scores just to stay with her a little longer and not be sent off to college early.

But eventually he had to move on.

And so did she.

Never has a second chance meant so much to a boy who loves a girl. 

Ha ha ha. You weren’t expecting that were you? I have read all of the other books in this series and they are one of my guilty pleasures. Five is the only one I have not yet read. He was a very precocious child. I can only imagine what JA Huss has done to him now he’s older. His father, Ford, was my favourite character from the earlier books and I am keen to see if Five really is a chip off the old block.

ppPerfect Prey – Helen Fields

Welcome to Edinburgh. Murder capital of Europe.

In the middle of a rock festival, a charity worker is sliced across the stomach. He dies minutes later. In a crowd of thousands, no one saw his attacker.

The following week, the body of a primary school teacher is found in a dumpster in an Edinburgh alley, strangled with her own woollen scarf.

D.I. Ava Turner and D.I. Luc Callanach have no leads and no motive – until around the city, graffitied on buildings, words appear describing each victim.

It’s only when they realise the words are being written before rather than after the murders, that they understand the killer is announcing his next victim…and the more innocent the better.

I have listened to and loved book one. I am on the blog tour for book three. I am so flipping annoyed I haven’t yet read book two but I do have the audio and a couple of long trips planned next month. I am all over this.

WFWestern Fringes – Amer Anwar

A Sikh girl on the run. A Muslim ex-con who has to find her. A whole heap of trouble. Southall, West London. After being released from prison, Zaq Khan is lucky to land a dead-end job at a builders’ yard. All he wants to do is keep his head down and put the past behind him. But when he’s forced to search for his boss’s runaway daughter it quickly becomes apparent things aren’t all to do with family arguments and arranged marriages as he finds himself caught up in a deadly web of deception, murder and revenge. With time running out and pressure mounting, can he find the missing girl before it’s too late? And if he does, can he keep her – and himself – alive long enough to deal with the people who want them both dead?

I’ve been wanting to read this since I met Amer earlier in the year. Although I haven’t done so yet, the brilliant new is that Amer has signed a publishing deal and the book is being re-released in the new year so I get an excuse to be an effective blogger and time my read and review for the publication day. I am all over this too.

So there you have it. Some of my biggest non-reading regrets of 2017. Without a word of a lie, if you could see my kindle and the boxes of books I have stacked all over my living room, you would know without a doubt that I could go on for days and not list all of the books I wish I had time to read. And still I buy more … One day, when I have either a) retired (most likely) or b) won the lottery (in my dreams) I will have all the time in the world to read and I am stocking up in advance of that day. Providing I can afford enough leccy to recharge my kindle it’ll all come good. Books are more important that heat or food right … ?

So what are the books you wish you’d found time to read this year? Any you think I absolutely must add to over grown list of soon to be classics?

Have a fabulous day all.



16 thoughts on “Regrets, I’ve had a few …

  1. Love this post. My list would be just as long as yours, if not longer. I’m the same with Perfect Prey – loved the first, on the tour for book three, yet still not got to book two. I’m trying to schedule actually reading books into my diary rather than filling it with blog tours and then realising I have no time to read any of my other books.

    Ones that slipped through the net this year:
    The Escape by C.L. Taylor
    Last Seen by Lucy Clarke
    The latest Lisa Jewell.

    Couldn’t wait to get these and still not read them.

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  2. Jen, I’m retired and trust me there is still limited reading time (especially when one drops off to sleep when reading!) The time goes nowhere.
    Some on your TBR list are on mine. Murderabilia and Insidious intent. I’m still catching up with the Tony Hill series.
    I was planning a similar post to this. All the books I want to read. Shocking amount.

    PS Anatomy of a Scandal is brilliant!

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